Aimee Horton

So you think you don’t like gin?


I love gin, I think that’s obvious from all of my social media channels, oh and my blog name…plus they feature heavily in all of my books.

However, I hear some of you aren’t necessarily a fan, you don’t get the appeal, you think it’s a tad tart…sour even.


Now, I see what you’re saying, I really do. But it’s just a matter of how it’s been served. You CAN get it wrong, so here are my top five tips to learning to love gin – because to be honest – it’s the only way you can survive in this madcap world.

  1. Find your gin.

If you’ve dismissed gin because you had a quick Gordons and Schweppes at the pub, this is your problem. All gins have their own flavour, it’s worth finding your own. I can’t tell you my favourite, but if you’re looking for something smooth go for Aldi (I’m not kidding) Bombay, Plymouth or Bloom. For a stronger flavour Hendricks, Opihir, or Adams Copper House.

  1. Pick your mixer.

It doesn’t always have to be tonic. I’d fully recommend if you find it sour, get rid of full fat tonic all together. THAT’s what makes I it sour. Instead, opt for slimline tonic. Alternatively, bitter lemon, ginger ale or apple juice also make amazing mixers.

  1. Make sure your mixer is fizzy.

Flat tonic is grim…in fact, all drinks that are meant to be fizzy, but have turned flat are. Except coke – flat coke is surprisingly good for a hangover. But that’s beside the point. If you’re not drinking G&T regularly it’s worth splashing out on the serving sized bottles and tins so that you never have the disappointment or grossness of a flat first sip.

  1. NEVER use lemon.

It’s just NOT WORTH IT. At the most bog standard use a slice of lime. If you’re not into citrus there is a world of options. My current favourite is a couple of big fat strawberries. Although, mixed berries (blueberries and raspberries) are nice. Apple is amazebogs, and if you’re feeling really healthy cucumber is just the bees knees – especially if you have it with ginger ale – go on, try it.

  1. Ice Ice Baby.

Just like a flat mixer, no ice makes the drink defunct. I like to keep reusable ice-cubes in the freezer so that I never run out!


So with that in mind, and the fact that it’s Friday, I am setting you a task – go forth – and try gin – and let me know how you get on and what your favourite combo is!

#LittleLoves – School’s Out!



It’s the first week of the holidays, and I’d be lying if I said the kids had totally driven me mad, because they’ve hardly been here. It just fell that I had stuff to do this week so the boys have been at Mad Science camp for two days, and right now they’re currently trashing my friends house. She’s a very good friend.

But having a week with only one day to lie in has made me appreciate how much we all need it, so I’m very much looking forward to spending time with them over the next few days. I bet this time  next week I’m not quite so loving.


I turned to twitter the other day for my next read, and got some great suggestions – all of which are now on my holiday reading list. However I opted for Lie With Me by Sabine Durrant. Currently I’m loving it, although I always find it strange that I dislike the leading character, which I do right now!

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On Sunday we went camping. Have I mentioned I hate camping (check over on instagram before you answer that). But it was lovely in the evening to see the boys frolic around outside the tent and play together like best friends.





When we got back to civilisation we started watching BOSCH on Amazon Prime. It’s in the same league as 24. AWFUL but I can’t help but LOVE it.



Progress!! I’m working on a new project – which isn’t Dottie related I’m afraid – and it’s got me buzzing. I’m so excited about it, and hope to share it with you all in the a few months…



I might have hated camping, but I loved the excuse to wear my new leopard print joggers. I KNOW not to everyone’s taste, but they are cosy and lovely!

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Apart from somebody humming at 5.30am while I was camping (GRR) I’ve been listening to Oh Dear Silvia by Dawn French. It’s the first Dawn French book I’ve read/listened too, and it’s not at all what I expected…but that’s not a bad thing! I also love how they’ve done the audiobook, it’s almost like a radio play than somebody just reading a story.



And Lastly…

On Friday 1st July I launched – along with my two amazing friends Kate and Charlotte THE TAKE. A site for women by women. Please check it out and let me know what you think. There is also the opportunity to submit your own posts and we’ve already had some amazing ones and that makes me happy. 

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Happy GIN Day!


What a gin day it has been, I may have had a glass of gin after my brunch this morning (Williams Chase GB Extra Dry in case you were wondering) and then after a fab night at Elton John last night, we went to collect the boys from my mum and then it was straight off to a party with Iron Man.

As an aside, why do we stand behind our children while they’re eating at birthday parties? I have never understood this, I just go along with the flow and stand behind my child as he ignores me, or tells me that he’s had enough and can he go and play.

Then I came home and dumped the boys are Matt so I could do one thing, and one thing only. FINISH DOTTIE.


Technically I finished it yesterday, bar about 500 words, which at the time I wrote “BLAH BLAH BLAH fill in some crap here” but that’s not really good enough is it?

So I changed “some crap” for “something” and added “The End” and sent Mr Aimee into Sainsbogs for gin. Unfortunately he didn’t have any ID so they wouldn’t serve him, so I had to go in myself.

I had no such problem.

If truth be told this draft is a bit of a mess. Well, a lot of a mess. I spent a lot of time trying to be a grown up proper author and write a plot and an outline, and break it down by chapter etc. However, I should know by now that I just need to wing it with the first draft. Luckily by the time I got to the 30k mark (!) I realised that and the second half of the story came a lot more smoothly, and now I’m done, now I’ve written the majority of THE END I can start from the beginning and go back and make things right.

I’m actually rather excited.

So with that in mind, I’m raising a glass of my new gin Whitley Neill and enjoying the rest of the weekend before I crack on with the hard work.

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Because not only do I need to get cracking with making Dottie work for you guys, but I also need to get cracking with this lot.


Yes, that’s right, that’s two baskets worth of laundry that needs ironing/putting away (this is why we all look like tramps right now). But it’s ok, that’s just what happens when you focus all your attention on writing a book.


Anyway. HAPPY GIN DAY! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and I’ll see you on the other side of my second draft!


PS. If you’ve read and enjoyed any or all of my books and haven’t had chance to leave a review yet, I would really appreciate it if you clicked here for and here for and just left a few words. Reviews could be the difference between somebody buying or not buying a book so I WOULD LOVE YOU FOREVER if you helped people decide to buy. x